Research

Broadly speaking, my research attempts to integrate paleontological and neontological data into a phylogenetic context. An integrative, organismal approach is an essential part of the study of plant evolution. Developing comparative data among extant plants is a fruitful source of evolutionary information. Further, these data have the potential to improve interpretation of the fossil record. I find interdisciplinary approaches the most satisfying. I incorporate techniques drawn from geology, plant morphology, developmental anatomy, systematics, proteomics, and genetics. My research involves field work, collections (i.e herbaria, living collections, and fossil collections), and laboratory studies.

My graduate training was focused on whole‐plant organismal concepts of fossil plants from the Cretaceous and Paleogene periods of British Columbia, including comparative plant anatomy of modern plants. The majority of my postdoctoral work since then has focused on questions in plant evolution using integrative and multidisciplinary approaches ranging from fossil descriptions to extant plant structural and molecular development, including proteomic and transcriptomic approaches.



Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University (August 2018 - May 2019)
  • Postdoctoral Appointment at Centre for Forest Biology (FORB), University of Victoria (April 2014 - Present)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher at Laboratoire d'Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution, Université Paris-Sud (April 2014 - August 2016)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher at Centre for Forest Biology (FORB), University of Victoria (September 2012 - April 2014)
  • Katherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis (September 2009 - September 2012)
  • Research Collaborator at National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (September 2007 - March 2016)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate at Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University (September 2006 - September 2009)
  • Content Developer at Joffre Bridge Exhibition, University of Alberta (September 2001 - April 2002)
  • Plant Biodiversity Field Work (Federal Student Work Experience Program) at Canadian Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources Canada (June 1998 - September 1998)